Beeley a concern for County game

Shaun Beeley
Shaun Beeley

FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon will monitor the fitness of Shaun Beeley in the build-up to tomorrow night’s televised clash at home to Stockport County.

And he will also have to see whether Beeley is still in a state of shock, after his appearance for England C.

The international team travel to Gilbraltar – and England’s cream of the non-league game were rocked to the core by an ignominious 3-1 defeat.

Gibraltar’s population is 30,000 – around the size of Fleetwood!

Mellon said: “We will just have to see how Shaun is and what effect all the travelling might have had on him.

“Shaun is the type of character who gives it everything and puts his foot to the floor whether it is training or in a match.”

Tomorrow night it will be back to the bread and butter action of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Fleetwood earned many new admirers not just for the quality of their football in turning over League One side Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup, but also amid the surrounds of a Football League club in waiting.

The likes of pundit Andy Townsend went on national TV to praise the quality of Fleetwood’s football in beating Wycombe 2-0, and setting up a second round tie with Yeovil Town at Highbury next month.

Mellon said: “It is good to get praise like that, but, in fairness, it is a style of football we have been trying to play for a few years now – we always like to try and play football the right way.”

The blot on Fleetwood’s famous win over Wycombe was the first half sending-off of Richard Brodie for a reckless elbow, which has led to the on-loan Crawley striker being given a three-match ban, starting tomorrow.

Mellon said: “We will be without Brodie tomorrow, but we are lucky that we have plenty of options with our strikers.”

The Fleetwood boss is glad to be facing Stockport so soon after the heroics of Wycombe.

He said: “It is another big game for us – often after a big Cup-tie, it can sometimes be something like after the Lord Mayor’s Show, but certainly not in this case.

“It’s an important game, a local derby – it is live on television and there will be a big crowd with Stockport bringing a lot of fans.

“So it will have all the ingredients of being a terrific game, just the type we want.”

It is the second meeting between the two clubs, Fleetwood having won 4-2 in September against a Stockport side who at the time were managed by former German international Dietmar Hamann.

He has subsequently left the club at a time when Stockport have had to come to terms with relegation from the Football League, losing their status for the first time since 1905.

Tomorrow’s clash will be Stockport’s first match with Jim Gannon back in charge – he will combine the duties of director of football and first team manager.

Gannon was a player at Stockport for a decade, and managed the Hatters between 2005 and 2009.

Mellon said: “It is always difficult for any team in a new league, whether it is going up or going down, but I am sure that Stockport will start to get themselves going, though I don’t concern myself with them, and I only concentrate on Fleetwood.

“We have done light training this week because soon the games will start to come thick and fast, but we stepped it up on Thursday and today.”

Mellon hinted that with the opening of the transfer window shortly, that could kickstart a number of loan deals.

The Fleetwood boss said: “It is important that players who need games get them, and there could be some comings and goings.”

Town’s visit to Hayes & Yeading has been re-scheduled to December 20, kick-off 7.45pm.

The game was originally set for December 4, but changed due to the FA Cup second round tie with Yeovil Town at Highbury two days’ earlier.